Common Questions

Where can I find out about benefits for seniors?

There are government benefits and services to help you when you are a senior (age 60 or older). The resources below will help you understand what is available, whether or not you qualify, how you can apply, and how to deal with a decision you don’t agree with.

Good starting points include:

  • When I'm 64: Benefits for Older Adults, from People's Law School, provides an overview of benefits available to seniors.
  • When I'm 64: Services for Seniors, from People's Law School, provides an overview of services available to seniors in the areas of health care, housing, transportation, and recreation, and how to contact them.
  • BC Seniors' Guide, from the provincial government, has a list of provincial and federal programs for seniors and a directory of resources and service providers.
  • Benefits Finder, from the federal government, is an online tool that helps you make a customized list of Canada-wide and province-specific programs and services.

Need more help?

  • Service Canada, from the federal government, can help you with information about government benefits for seniors. Call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) or find a Service Canada Centre near you.
  • Service BC, from the provincial government, can help you with information about programs and services for seniors in BC. Call 1-800-663-7867 or find a Service BC office near you.
  • Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding your rights and government benefits.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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Last reviewed August 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors and 
Seniors First BC
seniors’ benefits, pensions, Old Age Security, Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)